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Old 02-03-2014, 01:50 AM   #11
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One poster here said a muzzle break dont make a lot of difference on this caliber whys that i thought muzzle breaks worked to reduce recoil on all calibers


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One poster here said a muzzle break dont make a lot of difference on this caliber whys that i thought muzzle breaks worked to reduce recoil on all calibers


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it will make a small difference, but not a huge one. he 338 WM is a hard recoiling round. it will be something to live with if you own and shoot one.
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So there is no way to get the recoil down its still 5 lbs ls lighter then my 45/70 with full house loads and my 45/70 has a hard recoil pad accuracy is probably most important i can take sore shoulder for moose meat or not my kids or me getting eaten by a bear


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So there is no way to get the recoil down its still 5 lbs ls lighter then my 45/70 with full house loads and my 45/70 has a hard recoil pad accuracy is probably most important i can take sore shoulder for moose meat or not my kids or me getting eaten by a bear


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my best suggestion is to see if you can find someone with a a 338 WM that will let you try one out. i can't judge whether you will be able to handle the recoil or what exactly it will take to get the recoil where you can handle it. my body is different and what i could handle years ago has changed over the years. due to neck and back problems that i now have, shooting large magnum rifles for extended amounts of time is not feasible for me. as such i am moving my rifles into being heavier target rifles, rather than lighterweight hunting rifles. i have no desire to own a any lightweight rifles anymore. my lightest weight rifle is my M700 in 204 Ruger and it still weighs almost 9 lbs.
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I like heaver rifles too seems easier to shoot well thank you for all the advice and help


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The .338 WM is the most popular hunting rifle for Elk in the Northern Rockies. The .338 loaded with a 250 grs. bullet at full throttle will hammer about any thing. The .338 WM is very accurate at long ranges across Mountain Parks and short shots in Black Timber.
I have never known anyone who had a problem with the recoil. The muzzle break is OK for shooting targets from a bench. They are useless for hunting. The side blast and down range blast can be heard 3 canyons away. Always remove the "Midas" muffler when hunting. Comparing a "Rainbow" .45-70 to a .338 is a futile argument.
My old battered .338 has decked many Elk and big Mule deer. I have never shot any game and felt the recoil. I think if you feel the recoil when shooting game you have just missed your target.
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Great positive reply thank you . Do you ever use 225 gr bullets


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Many years ago I was living in the Big Horn Mtn country and the Powder River Divide. This is some of the best Elk country in America. I knew one of the best Guides and Outfitters in the "Hole in the Wall". I had traded my old .300 H&H Mdl. 70 for a Mdl. 70 .338 WM.
The old Wrangler told me to use only 250 grs. bullets. He said if you want the Elk to stay down and not have to pound leather all day looking for a wounded critter never use the 225 grs bullets. I did not listen or forgot? Some years went by and I was hunting in the Sierra Madre Range in Wyoming. I shot a nice 5 point Bull {Western Count} with a 225 gr. bullet.
This was the only time I had a bull go down and get up after a hit from my .338. He went about 25 yards and tangled in some "Dog Hair" Aspen. I put a .44 Mag slug behind his ear. I never used the 225 gr, bullets in my .338 WM again.
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I load a 225 gr SST behind 71.5g of h4350 for mine and it's nothing I can't handle for about 20 rounds after that the shoulder starts hurting... And that round is good past 1000 but I wouldn't punch anything but steel at that range


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Whats the velocity of your hand load


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